The updated version of the Arizer Solo, the 2 offers 3 hours of continuous use on one charge and a superior vaping experience for a relatively affordable price. The all-glass vapor pathway is featured here and adds to the already excellent vapor quality. This is the next level of vape from Arizer, improving on the already excellent Solo, the Solo 2 has a large, clear LED screen instead of the 7 LED indicator lights on the Solo. This screen makes all the difference, it shows you the temperature and battery status in a flash, and lets you make changes to the temperature settings, startup time, brightness and volume really easily. It’s clear and intuitive, obviously, Arizer have taken a good look at the competition and incorporated what is successful about them.
Turning the machine on, you get the now-familiar Solo bleep after holding down the up and menu buttons for 6 seconds and a nice little greeting. It’s a cheerful device, that’s for sure. It heats up to the desired temperature in less than 30 seconds, head and shoulders above some of the competition. This is one of the major selling points of the Solo 2, it is fast and efficient.
The temperature range is between 122 degrees Celsius and 428 degrees Fahrenheit, giving you the range to vape just about anything. Especially good for solids at high temperature, the Solo 2 will give you the precision and control of a bigger unit while being tiny enough to fit in your pocket. You can set your session time to between 5 and 15 minutes, so it’ll blaze away and then shut down by itself once you’ve had your fill of delicious vapor.
That’s the next point about the Solo 2, the vapor quality. It’s really, really good. You get a nice, cool pull and very little resistance, though it is still not as frictionless as the major rival, the Crafty. For such a tiny device, this is mightily impressive. The thick clouds of extremely tasty vapor will satisfy any serious connoisseur. This vapor quality from such a small device is pretty rare. Arizer say it’s because of the whole-glass pathway and we’re inclined to agree, it’s very cool and we never encountered bits and flakes coming up the tube when we were using it. The wide variety of temperatures available means you can have tastier vapor at low temperatures or thicker vapor at higher temps. At no point did we encounter harshness.
In terms of build quality, Arizer have pulled it off again: this is a really well made and designed machine. The original Solo built up quite a reputation for being extremely durable and reliable, and while we couldn’t test it for long enough to tell you about how long it will last, it had the same feel and satisfying weight (it’s actually slightly less weighty than the original) as the Solo. This bodes well for customers, it looks to be a machine that will last.
Aesthetically it isn’t the hottest looking portable vape out there, but it isn’t the ugliest by far either. It has nice smooth curves and feels good in the hand, so you can forgive a little of the industrialist styling.
You can get about 0.2g of herbs into the Solo 2, which is pretty good. One major advantage is that it allows you to vape very small quantities of your product, without losing out on vapor quality, so you can load up a single hit and be on your way. As the dry herb material is placed at the bottom of your aroma tube, you can always be prepared and have a second tube pre-loaded for easy on-the-go vaping.
The Solo 2 is one of the easiest vapes on the market to clean. Simply use the cleaning brush to loosen any debris from the aroma tube and soak the entire tube in some isopropyl alcohol for 10 minutes. Rinse with water and let dry. Dampen a cotton bud with some alcohol (not soaked) wipe down your oven whilst holding the device upside down to avoid alcohol dripping into the device. Finally, run a few burnoff cycles to avoid any fumes.
One slight complaint about the original Solo is repeated here, due to the use of glass accessories there’s a chance you’ll break them at some point. They’re pretty cheap to buy and all the accessories from your old Solo will fit the Solo 2 so you’ll be OK, it’s just worth pointing out that you’ll probably have to get some spares with your purchase. Considering the price difference between the Solo 2 and its rivals, it’s worth it.
It’s not a minuscule device due to the Li-Ion batteries, but with a 3-hour life meaning 3 hours of continuous use, it’s worth the little extra size. There is a case that comes with it so you can store the delicate tubes, which can’t be stored inside the device. This takes a little away from the portability but hey, it’s a session beast, the advantages of size outweigh the slight drawbacks. You can use the Solo 2 while it’s charging, a real advantage if you got to the session and you realized the batteries were empty. This has been the sad end of a few sessions, so it’s nice to have that option.
|Average battery life||180 minutes|
|Recharge time||3 hours|
Overall, this is a huge leap in the right direction for Arizer, making some serious improvements on an already popular device. Highly versatile, with a wide temperature range and delicious vapor wherever you set it, it’s going to be the fond friend of many a vaper. Not as portable as some, it still fits in a pocket, albeit with a big bulge. No app needed, it just works, and works well.
The latest in portable vaping, the Solo 2 will give you 3 hours of continuous use, maximum customizability while remaining a simple and easy device to use. That isn’t to mention the extremely tasty vapor over the wide range of temperatures.
It seems really popular, lots of people are enjoying the extra features like the LED display and customizability. Not many people complain about faults with the machine, giving us the impression that the quality feel it has translates to a reliable machine. Everybody is impressed with the quality of the vapor, which seems to be a major advantage.
|Size||4.6cm by 3.5cm by 11.5cm / 1.81 in x 1.37 in x 4.52 in|
|Weight||210g / 7.4 oz|
|Temperature range||122°F - 428°F / 50-220°C|
|Temperature presets||Set your own or use manufacturers|
|Temperature settings||Manual – by degrees|
|Heat power source||Hybrid|
|Heating element type/material||Ceramic|
|Chamber/oven material||Ceramic/stainless steel|
|Heat up time (in seconds)||30 seconds|
|Types of material usable inside||Dry leaf|
|Dry herb capacity (in grams)||0.2g|
|Extract attachment||Full range of attachments available|
|Control / setting interface||Buttons on device (up/down/menu) / LED screen|
|Delivery method||Direct pull|
|Body material||Stainless steel|
|Mouthpiece material||Borosilicate glass|
|Release date||Latest model 2018|
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